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School of Art and Design; 02.09.2008,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design
Born in Poland and raised in England, Barbara began her career in fashion in the early 1960s, working as a freelance fashion illustrator. In 1964, she founded the boutique Biba, which became an icon of 60s and 70s London, evolving into an elaborate five-storey Art Deco department store with a restaurant. The avant-garde Biba cosmetics brand was sold in 33 countries.
Throughout her career, Barbara has designed costumes for stage and film productions, including clothing for Cathy McGowan on Ready Steady Go (1964), Julie Christie in Darling (1965) and various costumes for old friend and Biba model Twiggy.
School of Engineering and the Built Environment; 01.09.2008, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design
Jonathan is Chief Executive and joint founder of the Urban Splash property development group, which has won 253 awards to date for architecture, regeneration and business success. Jonathan, originally from Bradford, studied architecture at Liverpool University, gaining a First Class Honours degree in 1989. On graduating, he formed Design Shed, later merging with King McAllister to become shedkm which continues to be a vibrant and successful architects practice in Liverpool. Urban Splash is currently investing over £1 billion in regeneration projects across the country.
School of Health; 01.09.2008,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science
Nancy Kirkland is the President of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the elected registrant nurse member for Scotland. She is a Registered Nurse and Qualified Midwife. She held the position of Chair of the Nursing Committee prior to becoming President. Nancy was instrumental in taking forward projects, such as essential skills clusters for pre-registration nursing, simulation in practice and advanced nurse practice.
Nancy has a BSc (Hons) Biological Science 2:1 and a Masters in Business Administration awarded by the University of Edinburgh. She has recently graduated with a LLB Law Degree from Edinburgh Napier University.
School of Art and Design; 02.09.2008,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts
Ruth Lingford was born in 1953 in London. In 1990, after working as an Occupational Therapist with mentally ill, elderly people and bringing up a family, she completed a BA in Fine Art and Art History at Middlesex Polytechnic. In 1992, she completed an MA from the Royal College of Art. In 1993 she was awarded an Arts Council of England animate! grant to make What She Wants, an experimental film produced entirely on a home Amiga computer.
School of Education; 03.09.2008,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Social Science
Camila has a First Class Degree in the Arts and a Masters in Psychotherapy, as well as clinical training supported by 18 years of psychoanalysis. Her interest is in the application of therapeutic thinking within inner-city communities. Camila describes her work as a vocation. In her early-twenties, she worked for Women’s Aid and set up a counselling service for a university, as well as founding the Place to Be, which is now a national programme offering therapy to children in schools.
University of Wolverhampton Business School; 04.09.2008; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Studies
John Edwards joined Advantage West Midlands as Director of Regeneration in August 1999, and was appointed Chief Executive in November 2000. John is a Quantity Surveyor by profession and has held senior appointments in land and property development and business support. He has extensive experience in urban and rural economic regeneration and prior to joining Advantage West Midlands he was Director of Operations and Chief Executive at the Rural Development Commission. John stood down as Chief Executive of Advantage West Midlands in April 2008.
University of Wolverhampton Business School; 04.09.2008; Honorary Master of Business Administration
Mark Palmer was born in Wolverhampton in 1973 and was a pupil at St Edmund’s Secondary School and Wulfrun College.
After graduating in Business Administration at the University of Bath, Mark began his marketing career with United Biscuits, where he worked for five years on brands including Hula Hoops and McCoy’s. He then spent three years as Marketing Manager for Burger King before becoming Marketing Director of Green & Black’s organic chocolate in 2001. During Mark’s tenure, sales have risen from £4m to £60m.
School of Applied Sciences; 05.09.2008,
Lisa Webb came to national prominence in 1996 when she was working as a nursery nurse at St Luke’s School in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton. A man armed with a machete burst into the school grounds and started to attack children, parents and Lisa. Lisa sustained numerous injuries while trying to protect the children in her care. She was awarded over 20 local and national awards for her bravery; the final being the George Medal which is the highest civilian award. She founded the charity Believe To Achieve, raising aspirations for children and their families.
School of Education; 06.09.2008,
Born in Dudley, Pamela attended Dudley Girls’ High School and Dudley Technical College. She joined the forerunner of the University of Wolverhampton in 1967, working as secretary to the Head of the Mathematics & Physics Department. She married Robin in 1968 and has two children – Scott and Neil. Apart from a break of seven years when she was raising her family, Pamela continued to work for the University. She fulfilled a number of administrative roles and ended her career as Walsall Campus Registrar when she retired in September 2007.
School of Education; 06.09.2008,
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education
Mick Waters is Director of Curriculum at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. The goal is ‘to develop a modern, world-class curriculum that will inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future’. Mick believes the curriculum should be treasured, valued and shaped to fit with children’s lives.
Before joining QCA, Mick was Chief Education Officer for the City of Manchester. In a challenging education environment, schools worked hard to break the cycle of urban deprivation, promoting a wide and rich curriculum and encouraging all learners to achieve as much as possible.
School of Education; 06.09.08,
School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure; 08.09.2008
Having captained the Provincial cricket team, he turned down two offers to play English county cricket, preferring to pursue a career in tennis.
He won five Wimbledon Doubles titles (three Men’s and two Mixed) and 10 Majors. In 1974 and 1977, he was recipient of South Africa’s highest sporting declaration, The State President’s Award. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1992.
School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure; 08.09.2008; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters
One of Britain’s best known broadcasters, Peter’s distinguished career in the media has seen him front several key BBC current affairs programmes. He was one of the original anchormen, as well as an economic specialist, on the much respected Newsnight, and one of the main presenters of the highly influential Radio Four programme Today.
He was anchorman for the award winning Money Programme, and helped launch the Business Programme on Channel 4. His radio work included roles as presenter of the World at One and Financial World Tonight.
School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences; 09.09.2008; Honorary Degree of Letters
Born in 1954, Ann Reaney began working in sales and marketing, rising up the ranks to be general manager before her 40th birthday, but it was her faith and voluntary work that showed her how rewarding it was to help others to achieve. Ann became aware Wolverhampton would benefit from a women’s hostel. With support from Christian ladies, and after three months travelling, she found an order of Jericho Benedictine Monks in Scotland who came to Wolverhampton and set up Jericho House, and have managed, maintained and expanded the work it achieves ever since.
School of Computing and Information Technology; 10.09.2008; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology
David Whyley was born and bred in the Black Country and has worked as a teacher and educationalist in the city of Wolverhampton for over 30 years. He is a former primary headteacher, who now has the role of Headteacher Consultant – Learning Technologies for the City of Wolverhampton, as part of the e-Services team.
David’s expertise has been used by most of the major national educational agencies, and he has contributed to the Primary National Strategy Leadership team toolkit and NCSL/BECTA online self evaluation matrix tools.
School of Education; 06.09.2008; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Education
Stuart was born in Bristol. He studied law at Birmingham University and spent a year as a sabbatical Deputy President of the Student Guild. In 1983 he joined Avon & Somerset Constabulary and was promoted to Detective Superintendent in West Yorkshire Police in 1997, where he managed crime departments. He moved to a Senior Investigating role in Bradford and later became a Divisional Commander before transferring to manage training.
In April 2003, Stuart became an Assistant Chief Constable in West Midlands Police, managing Wolverhampton and Dudley.